Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell lawyers represent airports, communities and private sector interests in matters regarding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airspace regulation. Airport sponsors and others call on us to assist in understanding their rights and obligations — and where necessary, challenging FAA decisions that could adversely affect their interests. We have assisted in the preparation of, review of, or litigation over, environmental documentation for airspace matters, including airspace redesigns for several major metropolitan areas across the country.
In the context of FAA’s introduction of NextGen navigation procedures, we represent airport proprietors in understanding the implications of the agency’s introduction of new flight paths, especially when those paths change established patterns and run counter to the airport’s noise planning efforts. To modify proposed rules and procedures, our work ranges from legislative drafting and lobbying to litigation, and from advising on regulatory compliance to working cooperatively with FAA officials.
The project development and aviation experience of our lawyers enables us to advise our clients, work with federal agencies and undertake cutting-edge litigation regarding the effects of wind turbines, transmission facilities and solar projects, as well as other development on airport utility and the impacts wind turbines may have on radar and other air navigation facilities.
When development near an airport threatens approach and departure procedures, we regularly monitor and participate in formal and informal rulemakings and airspace studies concerning obstruction and hazard analysis of Part 77 imaginary surfaces, TERPS, and one-engine-inoperative procedures. Our work includes commenting on circularized airspace studies and challenging FAA Determinations under Part 77 before the FAA and in courts.